Well, yes Owen, it’s called free speech

Nearly a decade ago, the Tory baroness Sayeeda Warsi declared that bigotry towards Muslims has “passed the dinner-table test”. This isn’t to say that other forms of racism and bigotry aren’t rampant, or indeed hardwired into British society and its institutions – such as the disproportionate levels of poverty or police harassment endured by black Britons. What it does mean is that people in this country can say virtually anything about Muslims – including those with power, social cachet and influence – without consequence.

Quite why the laddie can’t understand this idea of civil liberty is difficult to understand.

20 thoughts on “Well, yes Owen, it’s called free speech”

  1. Owen says we need to earn the trust of muslims how about they stop killing us and raping our children for starters and earning our trust. We’ve got the internet and have learnt what Islam is all about and it aint pretty – it’s vile and their so called perfect man and model for all muslims is a shit stain on the underpants of humanity. It’s pretty damning that the only religion that Hitler admired was Islam. The world would be a much nicer place without Islam and muslims.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    Islam still isn’t a race, it’s a belief system.

    And those calling for blasphemy laws to protect it should be very careful, Islam doesn’t recognise Jesus as son of God and some religions class that as blasphemy. That isn’t the way to a more tolerant society they claim they want.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    such as the disproportionate levels of poverty or police harassment endured by black Britons.

    It is almost as if people unsuited to modern industrial life with very high rates of crime attract the attention of law enforcement.

  4. What it does mean is that people in this country can say virtually anything about Muslims

    Obviously, it’s Allah’s will.

  5. in a recent report by the Labour Muslim Network, which found that 29% of Muslim members and supporters had experienced Islamophobia in the party, 44% did not believe the party took the issue seriously, and 48% didn’t believe the party would deal with it effectively in its complaints process.

    Not sure I can believe this without four male witnesses.

  6. Must admit Tim’s quote certainly proves that bigotry towards non-Muslims is absolutely rampant in the UK.

    But of course they’re only demanding that we tolerate them. It is utterly intolerable that they should have to tolerate us.

  7. Why should one belief system be protected, but all others not?

    Hey, I’m a Catholic and am on the receiving end of regular shellackings from all and sundry, but I don’t expect the state to come to my defence and disallow any criticism: we had rather too much of that for the other side in the general unfortunateness following Fat Harry’s divorce.

  8. In some Islamic parts of the world, Muslims are free to chuck homosexuals off of tall buildings. Owen should travel to one to express his support for Islam.

  9. ‘This isn’t to say that other forms of racism and bigotry aren’t rampant. . . such as the disproportionate levels of poverty or police harassment endured by black Britons.’

    Wow. Owen tells the unfortunate their problems are someone else’s fault. Leaving them with no path to salvation.

  10. @rhoda klapp… “What consequence is envisaged for what you say at the dinner table?”

    I believe Scotland is working overtime to implement hate crime legislation that penalises dinner table conversation in a similar manner to that which is spouted in a public space. If one of your kids or a dinner guest shops you, it’s the ritual public flogging and dismissal from your place of employment.

  11. What it does mean is that people in this country can say virtually anything about Muslims… Tories/Rebublicans/Trump supporters… without consequence… Except plaudits from all your pals.

  12. Christians claim that Jesus was divine, Moslems claim he was a profit speaking the words of God, most adherents to my religion believe he was a very nice man who promoted some sensible rules for getting on with fellow humans. I shall have to prepare a case to prosecute those hate speakers, they mustn’t be allowed to get away with insulting my religion.

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